We need a good scare — any suggestions?

Each October, Sarah and I watch several scary movies. However, we have yet to start this year (unless you count the lame, shaky camera “Quarantine,” which we saw this past weekend).

That said, we need some suggestions for good horror movies. Or just plain movies that will scare us. Frankly, we’re just out of ideas. My favorite from the past few years is “House of 1,000 Corpses,” though it was too freaky for Sarah. Others we have enjoyed are “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Shining.” And we’ve seen all the popular ones, like “Saw,” “The Omen” and “Psycho.”

The list below is courtesy of IMDB.com. I have crossed out the ones at least one of us has seen already (though some of these aren’t really “horror” movies, are they?). Do you have any suggestions from this list or elsewhere? Think outside the box, because chances are that we’ve seen the movie you suggest. Leave a title (or two) and a description in a comment and maybe we’ll check out your movie. Thanks for the help!



































































































































































































































































Rank Rating Title Votes
1. 8.7 Psycho (1960) 110,497
2. 8.5 Alien (1979) 137,704
3. 8.5 The Shining (1980) 131,170
4. 8.4 Aliens (1986) 131,581
5. 8.3 Jaws (1975) 107,222
6. 8.3 Diaboliques, Les (1955) 9,864
7. 8.1 Bride of Frankenstein (1935) 12,056
8. 8.1 The Thing (1982) 54,611
9. 8.1 Cabinet des Dr. Caligari., Das (1920) 12,579
10. 8.1 Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922) 21,406
11. 8.1 Frankenstein (1931) 17,144
12. 8.1 King Kong (1933) 29,369
13. 8.0 Jungfrukällan (1960) 4,956
14. 8.0 Faust – Eine deutsche Volkssage (1926) 3,100
15. 8.0 Rosemary’s Baby (1968) 35,482
16. 8.0 The Exorcist (1973) 77,638
17. 8.0 Onibaba (1964) 2,776
18. 8.0 Testament des Dr. Mabuse, Das (1933) 2,862
19. 8.0 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 11,079
20. 8.0 Kaidan (1964) 2,807
21. 8.0 The Innocents (1961) 4,588
22. 8.0 Dawn of the Dead (1978) 32,640
23. 8.0 Shaun of the Dead (2004) 96,557
24. 8.0 Night of the Living Dead (1968) 29,515
25. 8.0 Repulsion (1965) 8,637
26. 7.9 Grindhouse (2007) 66,103
27. 7.9 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) 9,345
28. 7.9 Dead of Night (1945) 2,328
29. 7.9 Halloween (1978) 48,073
30. 7.9 Yeux sans visage, Les (1960) 3,027
31. 7.9 The Invisible Man (1933) 6,023
32. 7.9 Delicatessen (1991) 23,160
33. 7.9 The Birds (1963) 41,112
34. 7.8 Evil Dead II (1987) 33,815
35. 7.8 Peeping Tom (1960) 6,524
36. 7.8 The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) 1,071
37. 7.8 The Haunting (1963/I) 9,023
38. 7.8 Freaks (1932) 9,987
39. 7.8 The Unknown (1927) 1,722
40. 7.8 The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) 2,701
41. 7.8 Survive Style 5+ (2004) 2,985
42. 7.8 Misery (1990) 30,382
43. 7.8 The Phantom of the Opera (1925) 4,232
44. 7.8 The Wicker Man (1973) 15,069
45. 7.8 Häxan (1922) 1,722
46. 7.8 Vargtimmen (1968) 2,865
47. 7.7 [Rec] (2007) 14,693
48. 7.7 Profondo rosso (1975) 6,372
49. 7.7 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) 2,544
50. 7.7 Locataire, Le (1976) 6,844


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11 thoughts on “We need a good scare — any suggestions?

  1. the exorcism of emily rose scared the crap out of me. when i was little i saw the first 20 minutes of prom night and is scared me so bad that it still bugs me to this day. then there’s always the hottie and the nottie….

  2. “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” was on our watch list last year. It was OK, I guess. I have not seen “Prom Night.” Sounds like an ’80s slasher flick. I’ll have to do some research tonight.As to “The Hottie and the Nottie” … just the mere mention of that flick is scary. I don’t think there’s a need to watch that one!

  3. We’ve seen both the old (i.e. better) and new versions of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” That’s one of my personal favorites. I remember seeing it for the first time, at my friend Scott’s 12th birthday party. Freaky stuff. Haven’t seen any of the sequels or the recent prequel, though. Anybody know if those are any good?I tried to watch one of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” movies a couple years ago, but it just looked so dated. I think it was the first one. Johnny Depp was in it, I believe. I do remember being extremely scared by those movies as a youngster.

  4. prom night – not only is it an 80’s slasher flick – it’s got jamie lee curtis! i’m also partial to psycho 4 – the one with elliot from et as the young norman bates…

  5. I, of course, do not watch scary movies any more. In fact I will watch a movie that is eerie, but not scary. So….I recommend The Wickerman and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. There is a lot of suspense in both. Enjoy or not! Love you both! Mom

  6. Isn’t there and old version of “Wickerman,” and a new one with Nicolas Cage? We’re not fans of the Cage-ster, so maybe we’ll look into that old one. I don’t know much about “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” or why we haven’t looked into it. Seems like it was pretty popular. Thanks for the suggestions.

  7. “Malachai! Malachai!”Sarah highly recommended this movie, so we watched it around 2005. It felt more like a kiddie movie to me, much like when I tried to re-watch a childhood favorite of mine, “The Goonies,” a few years ago (my god, was that bad — sorry to say it). Though the corn maze could be creepy, regardless, especially around dusk!

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